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Study Advice video tutorials

If you only have five minutes to spare to develop your study practices, why not watch one of our bitesize video tutorials? These anytime, anywhere learning resources cover the most popular topics appearing in assignment feedback or in student queries to Study Advisers. They can be watched on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone - perfect for developing your skills if you don't have much time!

Our tutorials are designed to replicate the teaching in our study seminars, using animated PowerPoint slides with an explanatory voiceover from a Study Adviser. Each tutorial focuses on one aspect of a key study practice. We will be adding more tutorials as they are developed so if what you're looking for isn't here, keep checking back.

List of topics

Assessment and feedback

Understanding marking criteria (Transcript)

Making the most of your feedback (Transcript)

Essay writing

Answering the question & planning (Transcript)

Targeted reading & use of evidence (Transcript)

Structuring your essay (Transcript)

Clear communication and proof reading (Transcript)

You may also find this screencast from the University of Leicester useful: What it means to be a critical student

Report writing

Finding a structure for your report (Transcript)

Practice-based and reflective learning

Reflective writing (from the Skills team at the University of Hull)

Dissertations and major projects

Starting research for your dissertation (Transcript)

Defining your research question (Transcript)

Managing time for your dissertation (Transcript)

Structuring your dissertation (Transcript)

Doing your literature review (Transcript)

Writing up your dissertation (Transcript)

Finishing your dissertation (Transcript)


Avoiding unintentional plagiarism (Transcript)

Using long and short quotes (Transcript)

Using paraphrases (Transcript)

Writing a precis or summary (Transcript)

Which referencing style should I use? (Transcript)

Finding bibliographic details (Transcript)

Referencing websites (Transcript)

Compiling your bibliography (Transcript)

Effective paraphrasing for postgrads (Transcript) (This is an advanced tutorial which may also be of interest to undergraduate students who have learnt the basics.)

Getting the most out of Turnitin (Transcript)

Researching your assignments

Reading academic texts (Transcript)

Starting research for your assignment (Transcript)

Critical notetaking (Transcript)

Evaluating your sources (Transcript)

Introducing your online reading list (Library video)

Taking notes from videos (online course content)

Preparing for exams

Effective revision (Transcript)

Exam room strategies (Transcript)

Preparing for essay exams (Transcript)

Answering short answer questions (Transcript)

Multiple choice question exams (Transcript)

Preparing for seen exams (Transcript)

Preparing for open book exams (Transcript)

Preparing for oral language exams (Transcript)

Manage your time and get things done

Making a term plan (Transcript)

Making a study timetable (Transcript)

Making more hours in the day (Transcript)

Overcoming procrastination (Transcript)

Juggling studying with other commitments (Transcript)

Organising your studies in a blended learning environment

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